Mum and daughter rescued after arsonists set fire to front door of Seacombe house
TWO teenagers have been charged after a mum-to-be and her daughter were rescued by firefighters during a blaze at their home.
Crews from Wallasey and Birkenhead fire stations were called to Demesne Street, Seacombe, just after 12.10am yesterday.
Mum Donna Windsor stayed in the smoke-filled house as firefighters pulled her nine-year-old daughter, Lizzie, to safety through a first-floor window.
The 26-year-old, who is six months pregnant, was unable to leave through a window and was helped out of the property after the small fire was extinguished.
Dale Geoffrey Guiton, 18 and Michael Edwin Guiton 19, both from Demesne Street, Seacombe have been charged with arson with intent to endanger life.
They have been kept in custody to appear at Wirral Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Donna, who is the older sister of murdered Wirral student Hannah Windsor, today said her only thought was for the safety of her daughter.
She said: "I had been to a friends house and had not long got in. I heard two lads outside and the next thing my fire alarm was going off.
"I rang the fire brigade and I think one of my neighbours did as well.
It was petrifying. I just wanted my daughter to be safe.
Merseyside police said the fire was being treated as arson and an 18-year-old and 19-year-old, both from Seacombe, were later arrested. They were questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.
The fire was contained to the front door of the house and caused extensive smoke damage.
Donna and Lizzie were given oxygen at the scene by firefighters. They were transferred to Arrowe Park Hospital for observation but later discharged.
Donna said: It was a small fire and it was limited to the front door but everything smells of smoke, even my babys pram.
All the Christmas presents were in the living room but hopefully if I wash them it will come off. A spokesman for Merseyside fire service said: The fire started at about 12.10am when the front door was set alight.
Crews administered oxytherapy and both were transferred to Arrowe Park Hospital suffering mild to moderate smoke inhalation.
A police spokesman said: An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old were arrested nearby.
They are currently being questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.